21st Street Bike Rack Blog

A blog about the bike rack on West 21st Street between 8th and 9th Avenues in New York City, and about urban bike usage, bike theft, and security

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Bike rack usage debate (amazingly)

Bad catalog photo
Originally uploaded by richardmasoner.
How I do love the esoterica of bike rack usage. Click image for discussion of proper and intended use of these hump racks, if you are truely at a loss for anything better to do at the moment.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Old school U-lock fu

Old school technique
Originally uploaded by jimn.
As I remember it, back when U-locks started getting popular, thieves learned to break them by putting a pipe over the part that stuck out (on the crossbar) and snapping it off. So, everyone went to the hardware store and got one of these pipe T-fittings and used it like this.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Good lock, bad cable

Good lock bad cable
Originally uploaded by jimn.
It's convenient to lock both wheels and the frame with one solid cable and a good lock. This American padlock is very good, but the thief cut through the half-inch cable cleanly.

There is a pattern here that has been repeated several times. As soon as a new bike appears on the rack, if it's not locked properly, it will be stolen within a couple of days, or whatever part isn't locked properly will be stolen.

What could I do about that?

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


I like the lines of this machine. A car ran over its back wheel an it was left locked to the planter for the last five years. Workers renovating the playground cut the lock. All the parts are too rusted together to use.